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December 8, 2015

Amid kidnapping, foreign tourists arrivals seen growing

Amid the issuance of travel advisories against the country following the recent kidnapping of three foreigners and a Filipina from a posh resort in Samal Island, a House leader expressed optimism, September 26, 2015, that the number of foreign tourists visiting the Philippines will snowball in the months ahead.

House Deputy Minority Leader and LPG-MA Rep. Arnel Ty explained that the increase in foreign tourists’ arrivals is expected, mainly because of the heavily discounted tours brought about by falling aviation jet fuel prices.

“Spurred by the plunge in jet fuel prices, airlines and travel agents around the world are now selling bargain basement-priced tours, so we still expect arrivals to grow,” he said.

“At $60.10 per barrel, the price of jet fuel has nose-dived 46.9 percent compared to a year ago, and air fares everywhere are going down,” he said.

Ty, who speaks for the minority in House energy committee said the kidnapping in Davao del Norte was an isolated incident and would affect the country’s tourism industry.

“Cheaper air fares and tours are bound to bring in a greater number of foreign vacationers. This should more than offset any negative publicity from a single untoward incident,” he said

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